Foto Die Schola beim Abschlusskonzert in der Philharmonie

What We Do

Rundfunkchor Berlin’s Schola

The Schola of the Rundfunkchor Berlin offers voice students the opportunity to become familiar with the challenges faced by a professional ensemble choral singing during a concentrated week-long project. Rehearsing together with Rundfunkchor Berlin and in concert, they experience directly what is involved in the career of a choral singer.

Being a professional choral singer for a week

The small ensemble will prepare and perform a demanding a cappella program under the direction of Justus Barleben, assistant to Rundfunkchor Berlin’s principal conductor. In addition, the students will gain insights into choral symphonic work when they rehearse a choral symphonic work with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and Gijs Leenaars. At the end of an intensive week of rehearsals, the students will perform the work on three days with the DSO Berlin under the direction of Eva Ollikainen in the Berlin Philharmonie.

All participants receive a certificate of participation at the end of the week.

Information on participation and application

Dates and locations

31 March to 12 April 2025 Rehearsals at the Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin
A cappella concert by the Schola participants on 5 April 2025
Choral symphonic concert with the Verdi Requiem on 12 April 2025 in the Berlin Philharmonie


Participation in the Schola is free of charge.

Participants are responsible for the cost of accommodation, but Rundfunkchor Berlin will pay travel expenses in the amount of a train ticket with BahnCard50.

The Friends and Sponsors of Rundfunkchor Berlin award a small stipend in the amount of € 250 per person and offer a limited number of private accommodations.


Please only apply using the online form.

Please select your preferred audition date in the application form so that we can invite you to the audition after checking your documents. You will be informed at the latest two weeks before the date whether you have been invited to audition.

The auditions for the Schola des Rundfunkchores Berlin will take place on 16 September 2024 in Hanover, on 17 September 2024 in Berlin and on 18 September 2024 in Cologne. The application deadline is 31 July 2024. The selected applicants will present two works of their own choice (song, opera or oratorio) as well as a choral part to be announced at short notice.

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